Impacting UK & Ireland: Storms Elin and Fergus named
9 December 2023
Impacting UK & Ireland
Storms Elin and Fergus named
Storms Elin and Fergus have both been named, with Ireland feeling the brunt of both systems as gale force winds and heavy rain hit.
Both systems were named by Met Éireann earlier on Saturday, with the two storms making impact on the day. Elin reached western Ireland in the afternoon with wind gusts reaching 60 mph in Belmullet, these speeds were also met in Dublin.
As Elin crosses the Irish Sea, wind speeds are expected to approach highs of 70 mph in Liverpool tonight. Heavy rainfall accompanies the winds, with up to 80 mm of precipitation expected in north-west England, south-west Scotland, and eastern Scotland.
Storm warnings in effect for Saturday.
More than 260 flood warnings are in effect as of Saturday afternoon, with 236 of these covering England.
Earlier this week, flooding already caused disruption in England, with schools forced to close in Somerset.
Fergus is a separate system hot on the tail of Elin in the Atlantic, which is expected to reach western Ireland on Sunday.
Pressure maps for Sunday show Storm Fergus over Ireland, with another, unnamed system to the west.
Ireland will again see the most forceful impacts from Fergus, with gale force winds returning for a second day.
These winds are likely to create high waves on Sunday, adding to the risk of coastal flooding along the western coast as it arrives.
Active storm season
Fergus marks the sixth named storm in three months of the 2023/24 storm season. It took 11 months for the first named storm of the 22/23 season.
Watch both systems as they progress on the WindRadar and WeatherRadar. If you are impacted by the storms, and it is safe to do so, be sure to capture the scene and show off how the weather looks near you on our uploader.